Zero Gravity

Apollo 11 and the new notion of space
20 July – 30 November 2019

Peter Kogler - untitled
© Peter Kogler


50 years ago, on the night of the 20th of July, 1969, a human being set foot on the moon for the first time. Neil Armstrong's legendary exclamation, »That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,« and the images of astronauts hopping lightly across the lunar surface in their spacesuits unleashed a unique euphoria around the world.

The success of the moon landing created optimism about the future that was reflected in surprisingly varied aspects of life. The innovative technologies used to conquer space formed a »space« aesthetic that defined the zeitgeist internationally, from the fine arts to architecture, music, film, design, to fashion and children's toys. The advances into unknown dimensions through space travel expanded the previously accepted dimensions and possibilities of space. Terms and concepts regarding outer and inner space were redefined. The first images from space in particular sharpened our consciousness for the finiteness and fragility of the earth.

The ZERO GRAVITY exhibition revolves around these new dynamic concepts regarding space and how these advances affected the arts and sciences ever since. The exhibition will show artistic approaches in the context of a heterotopic spatial installation developed especially for it by media artist Peter Kogler. A mirrored environment allows viewers to immerse themselves in a virtual cosmos that seamlessly combines works of art dealing with space from the 1960s by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Sol LeWitt along with current work by Gregor Hildebrandt, Hans Schabus and Sonia Leimer.

In addition to art, historical exhibits relating to space travel, visionary architectural design, and icons of pop culture are presented. A comprehensive accompanying science program including lectures on current space research is an equal part of the exhibition project. Because… the moon is suddenly on everyone’s mind again!


23 July – 30 November 2019

Opening Hours

Tue, Wed, Sat, 11 am – 5 pm and by appointment
Admission free

Guided Tours

Wednesday, 25.09.19, 6 pm
Saturday, 12.10.19, 3 pm
Saturday, 9.11.19, 3 pm
Saturday, 30.11.19, 3 pm


Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue.


Ant Farm, Galina Balaschowa, Thomas Bayrle, Martha Boto, Lygia Clark, Attila Csörgő, Siegfried Ebeling, Stano Filko, Dan Flavin, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Gregor Hildebrandt, Anna Jermolaewa, Lukas Kindermann, Peter Kogler, Annie Leibovitz, Sonia Leimer, Sol LeWitt, Otto Muehl, Lowell Nesbitt, Nam June Paik, Walter Pichler, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sigmar Polke, Wolf D. Prix / COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Robert Rauschenberg, Fred Sandback, Hans Schabus, Richard Serra, Mark Wallinger, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner

Apollo 11 Historical Artefacts

Neil Armstrong's space suit
Buzz Aldrin's check list
NASA archive photographs
and many others

Scientific Program

Friday, 18 Oktober 2019, 7 pm

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper
NASA astronaut with German roots, crew member of Space Shuttle Missions STS-115 (2006) and STS-126 (2008), 5 space walks outside the International Space station, a salvage officer and diver in the U.S. Navy. (Her major salvage projects include de-stranding the tanker Exxon Houston off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii in 1989.)

My Story: An Astronaut’s EVAs (extra-vehicular activities)
Venue: ERES-Stiftung, Römerstraße 15, 80801 München

Friday, 25 Oktober 2019, 7 pm

Prof. Wolf D. Prix, Architect, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

Das Himmelb(l)aue Experiment
Venue: ERES-Stiftung, Römerstraße 15, 80801 München

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 7 pm


Gerhard Daum
Space Consult & Technik Museum Speyer

Apollo 11 and the Race to the Moon

Ulf Merbold
ESA astronaut, the only German to take part in three space missions

ZERO GRAVITY – Schwerelos im All

Subsequently: panel discussion with artists participating in the ZERO GRAVITY exhibition: Prof. Gregor Hildebrandt, Prof. Peter Kogler, Prof. Dieter Rehm, Lukas Kindermann, Hans Schabus

Venue: Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (Gobelin-Saal, Altbau), Akademiestraße 2–4, 80799 München

Tickets available as of 21 September at the ZERO GRAVITY exhibition (Römerstraße 15, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm)

Wednesday, 15 Januar 2020, 7 pm

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Walter
German Aerospace Center astronaut, is the Chair of Astronautics at the Technical University of Munich

ZERO GRAVITY – Was bleibt ist das DenkenVenue: ERES-Stiftung, Römerstraße 15, 80801 München

Admission + Registration

Admission free. Registration is necessary:

Space-Symposium in the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München: Tickets needed for admission (see above 27 November).

Unfortunately, no requests for autographs can be granted at the events.

Annie Leibovitz - Eileen Collins
Annie Leibovitz, Eileen Collins, Johnson Space Center, Houston, 1999, © the artist, Foto: Dominik Gigler
Robert Rauschenberg - Tilt
Robert Rauschenberg, Tilt, Stoned Moon Series, 1969, © Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles / Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Foto: Dominik Gigler
Gregor Hildebrandt – Das Glockenklöppel
Gregor Hildebrandt, Das Glockenklöppel, 2017
, © the artist, Foto: Dominik Gigler